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Labour Party Chair is a courtesy position created by Tony Blair in the aftermath of the 2001 General Election.[1] The position is not to be confused with that of Chair of the Labour Party under the Labour Party Constitution. From 2007 to 2017, it was held concurrently by the party's Deputy Leader.

Labour Party Chair
Portrait of Ian Lavery in 2015
Incumbent
Ian Lavery

since 14 June 2017
Labour Party
Appointer Leader of the Labour Party
Formation 9 June 2001
First holder Charles Clarke
Website Labour Party

List of Labour Party ChairsEdit

Party Chair Term of Office Leader
Charles Clarke   9 June 2001 24 June 2002 Tony Blair
John Reid   24 October 2002 4 April 2003 Tony Blair
Ian McCartney 4 April 2003 5 May 2006 Tony Blair
Hazel Blears   5 May 2006 24 June 2007 Tony Blair
Harriet Harman   24 June 2007 12 September 2015 Gordon Brown
Herself (acting)
Ed Miliband
Herself (acting)
Tom Watson   12 September 2015 14 June 2017[2] Jeremy Corbyn
Ian Lavery   14 June 2017 Incumbent Jeremy Corbyn

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Roy Hattersley (26 July 2001). "Blair mistook his Clarke for a chair". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 May 2007. 
  2. ^ "Labour's Shadow Cabinet". Labour Party. 7 January 2016. Archived from the original on 18 January 2016.